Aug 03 2020

Book in some time with butterflies!

Super Woodland Trust volunteer Brian Legg has published a new book called ‘Heartwood Butterflies’. Over ten years, two members of the charity Butterfly Conservation conducted weekly monitoring visits to identify the butterfly species present at Heartwood. The results of these visits are recorded in ’Heartwood Butterflies’, which provides a pictorial account of species found at Heartwood and across the South East of England



Data from the monitoring sessions revealed an interesting and encouraging finding – that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of butterfly species spotted at Heartwood. This is fantastic and welcome news and an indication that the conservation and management work carried out at Heartwood has been beneficial to lepidopteran species.


Heartwood Forest is a haven for butterflies where arable fields have been replaced by young trees and shrubs and gorgeous wildflower meadows.


The book has already flown off the shelves and covered its publishing costs so all monies raised by its sale will now be split between Butterfly Conservation and the Woodland Trust. A big thank you to Brian and all of the other volunteers involved!


Amanda Brookes – Volunteering Development Officer: Central region


Cover image:
Peacock butterfly by John Bridges WTML
(Copyright Woodland Trust and Wildlife Trusts )



  • KeithLelliott

    Where can I buy a copy? We are three years into butterfly monitoring at Langley Vale Wood and seeing a pick up in species and numbers, with chalk downland species starting to move in. Keith

    August 7, 2020 at 5:09 pm

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